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Edwards, Lee

Lee Edwards


Lee Edwards is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Beijing office. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment transactions. Mr. Edwards has represented Chinese and international corporations in going private, tender offers, stock and asset purchase transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions and in the establishment of Sino-foreign joint ventures. Mr. Edwards speaks Mandarin and has practiced in the firm’s Beijing office since 1994.

He has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for M&A and Private Equity by major legal directories including Chambers Asia, APL500, IFLR 1000 and Asialaw.

Selected Experience

  • GE Technology Development in connection with its Na-NiCl battery joint venture with Chaowei Lvna, subsidiary of Hong Kong listed  Chaowei Power Holdings Limited 
  • Sanofi, through its Hong Kong subsidiary, Sunstone China Limited,  in connection with forming a joint venture with China Resources Sanjiu Medical & Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd 
  • Bank of Communications in connection with its acquisition of approximately 80% equity interests in Brazil’s BBM Bank 
  • Jin Jiang International Holdings Co., Ltd. in connection with the acquisition of French companies Groupe du Louvre and Louvre Hotels Group from Starwood Capital Group 
  • LinkedIn Corporation in connection with its Chinese joint venture with China Broadband Capital Partners and Sequoia Capital China Venture Fund


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1992
    • Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Chinese Law, 1990-1992
  • Columbia College, B.A., 1986
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